If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......

If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......
Photo was taken around Christmas 1962 when I had just turned 5. That is my pretty mom behind me. She made the cross stitched clock on the buffet. The stocking with my name on it was made her mother and delivered to me before my first Christmas even though I was not even a week old. My apron was made by great grandmother. I come from a long line of homemakers who did stuff and got lots done.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Giveaway for the start of this blog, my next big project and a gift idea

First I want to thank you all who have visited my new blog and left such nice comments. I promised some giveaways in my first post so here is the first one.
I love to enter other blog giveaways but I don't like to jump through a bunch of hoops to do it, so all I ask is that for an entry, just leave a comment on any post and every comment is an entry. And if you are a follower or talk about this blog anywhere, just tell me so and and each will get you another entry.
I'll draw a winner on Tuesday night, Dec. 8th.
And if you don't have a blog, please leave me a good way to get in contact with if you win.


the prizes are a small Pampered Chef bar board size cutting board
a set of Paula Deen chicken measuring spoons
and a knee-length apron sewn my me - red calico with 2 pockets



Here is my next project to conquer - I got down all the Christmas decorations from the attic and the craft room closet. I've been thinking about how I want to decorate this year and I have some ideas floating around. I prefer to think about a big job for a bit before I jump right in. Usually if I think it through, I can come up with a good way to do it and sometimes save some steps.



Last week, there was a free book offer at PhotoWorks.
The freebie blogs were saying it was taking a long to make them but I tried it with some old black and white photos of my parents and grandparents. It took me about an hour and was totally free with that offer - they are not free anymore but they are 25% off.
The UPS lady brought my book yesterday and it is so nice. The black and white photos look great in the mostly black book I selected. The original pictures were all tiny - less than 3 inch squares for most of them - so it is great to see them enlarged.
So if you are needing a gift for a grandparent this Christmas, a photo book from old black and whites would probably be really appreciated by them.


this is the cover of my book - my grandparents all dressed up

This is Uncle Bill, Grandma and my mom sitting on her lap.

24 comments:

  1. I really like your new site and think the picture of you and your Mom at top is precious. I'd like to enter your drawing. You can contact me at bradncathy@charter.net.

    Cathy Moore
    Knoxville, TN

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  2. Rhonda,
    I know your new site will be great, so looking forward to watching it. Your give-away prizes are nice. Love the apron made by you.

    The picture book would make a very nice gift.

    I haven't finished this years gifts for people and thinking of next year already!

    I will put it on my blog.

    Thank you for hosting this give away.

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  3. I'm enjoying your new site - great giveaway! I am a subscriber through Google Reader - does that count as following? I'm like you; I don't like to have to do 15 things to enter a giveaway.

    I wish I had known about that free book when it was offered. I have quite a few black and white pics and other old pics of my mother, who passed away when I was 16. That would have been a great way to save some of those pictures. I'll have to go look at the site and see how the prices are; it may be something I want to do anyway.

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  4. Hi Rhonda,
    Oh I wish we were closer I would come help you and our children could play together. :)
    Hugs,
    Elizabeth

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  5. A very generous giveaway, Rhonda! I have a Paula Deen skillet that I *love*. The apron you made is so bright and pretty.

    Of course, you know I am a follower! :)

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  6. Hi Rhonda, I have blogged about your giveaway on My Cottage Life blog. How nice of you to offer such fun things!

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  7. I love giveaways, thank you!

    I ordered the book and some cards for free from Photoworks too.

    Last year, I made one book of my grandparents and gave it to my mom. She bawled and said that it was the best gift ever. This year, I got one for my dad of his parents, let's hope he likes it.

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  8. Love the new blog...I still have this motto posted on my bulletin board and sometimes when I'm procrastinating, I look up and see it and think "Get busy!" It's kept me on my toes. Love the photo of you and your mom. It's a great vintage looking photo.

    Terrific giveaway too. Please enter me for the drawing.

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  9. hello, I have been following your blog for awhile. I love your motto. Please enter me in your drawing.
    iris
    ladyiris23@yahoo.com

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  10. I love the photo book, that is so precious for your family! Your giveaway looks really fun, too. Such nice prizes.
    Vicki in UT
    vmfisher@yahoo.com

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  11. Thanks for hosting the give away!

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  12. Oh, Rhonda, your new blog surely brings to mind some happy times and I remember your first birthday in Hooks, Texas. You are so adorable in the sweet apron (think that is still around here somewhere). And the cover on your album showing my Mama and Daddy brings tears. And the times my little brother and myself sat on Mama's lap were very often even though we were teased endlessly by our four older siblings! I'm glad the fabric from my stash is finally being put to use for an apron - I need those red Paula Deen chicken measuring spoons - you know my fondness of chickens. Dear daughter, I love you - you will never know how special your new blog is to your mother or "Mama" as you once called me...

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  13. Love the apron! So cute!! Can't wait to nose around your new site!
    Lwshells@juno.com

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  14. I'm still waiting on my photo album. I've gotten 3 apology emails about it taking so long (heck, I only ordered it on Thanksgiving day- not so long!), which impressed me!

    Heather
    My Frugal Family

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  15. Well, count me in on the giveaway...and you already know I'm a follower! How fun...and how very sweet of you!

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  16. I have been reading your blog for a while now, I always like the projects and your homemaking comments. Count me in on the giveaway. I am decorating my kitchen with roosters so this is a prize I'd love to win. dlynnl9757@atmc.net

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  17. I am excited to see what you are going to do for Christmas decorating Rhonda! I just started mine yesterday. We can get those picture books made here too. A friend does them regularly. I love this one with the old B&W photos. I love the old photos anyway especially the one of you and your mother on your header. Tell your mother hi from me when you talk to her next time. I hope she will still try to enter my giveaway which will also continue this week on TCC.

    Hugs and happy Sunday ~
    Heidi

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  18. Thanks for having this giveaway, Rhonda. I meant to tell you before how much I love your header with the picture of you and your mom. Have a great day.

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  19. LOL! When I first clicked over I said that not her blog! Then I scrolled down and see it's a new one that you started. Great Idea! I'm going to have a look around.

    I'd love to be entered in the giveaway and I'm a follower too.

    Manuela

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  20. I love that apron. It is so sweet! Glad to find your blog through Small Notebook. :)

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  21. You know I would love to be entered in your give away. Love the apron, I have been needing one desperately. If I don't win yours, I guess I will have to get the sewing machine out and make one...when ever I have a spare minute. :)

    Love the new blog, loved the old one as well, but no matter what it's called I will always follow.

    Happy Holidays

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